A shovel allows its user to dig into soil. During the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces made extensive use of hand-dug tunnels allowing them to discreetly travel and transport materiel, safe from detection or attack by air.
A specific kind of folding shovel used by military forces is the "entrenching tool".
Unlike other gadgets that are equipped on the player, the shovel spawns at the base, and must be carried by an Engineer to the desired location. It is usually found near a manhole (leading into the tunnel that is implied to be created by the player).
It can be picked up with thekey (default "G"). Once the player is ready to use the shovel (the opposing team's flag, for instance) the player then selects it and presses the button. Once placed, the shovel acts as a spawn point for the player's team.
The spawn point created by the shovel can be destroyed by enemies using explosives.
The Shovel is a blunt weapon introduced in the Battlefield Hardline: Betrayal expansion. Functioning in a similar manner to the Fire Axe, it has a long swing time and is a one-hit kill when obtaining a successful strike against an enemy.
The shovel is only capable of performing a Non-Lethal Takedown against enemies in prone
The Gold Shovel is unlocked upon completion of the Gravedigger Syndicate assignment.
The Shovel is a melee weapon set to be featured in Battlefield 1.
Since many of the melee weapons are expected to have secondary functions, it remains to be seen what exact function the shovel will serve.
- Because of lack of information on how to use the gadget in Battlefield Vietnam it was rarely used in the first months following release.
- The shovel makes an appearance in Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, appearing on the NVA Engineer's back as a decoration and is unusable.